Building positive relationships with participants is an important component of qualitative research in the field of special education. Research poems allow expression of the evolution of participant-researcher relationship in a sensitive and nuanced manner. In this paper, I use a research poem about gardening to demonstrate how a researcher can construct a positive relationship with his/her participants. Each line of the poem represents the sequence and evolution of relationship development between the researcher and families who participated in the research.
Ethnography, Research, Poetry as Data, Relationship Building, Participants, Special Education
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Cousik, R. (2014). Research in Special Education: Using a Research Poem as a Guide for Relationship Building. The Qualitative Report, 19(26), 1-16. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol19/iss26/1